Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bam!! There it is!

Almost 2 years ago, I blogged about a 5th grade project on App Smashing…Well, this is worth repeating but this time with another grade level. Third graders researched about a particular planet and created a Wordfoto. Then they added the Wordfoto graphic into the Phoster app. The Phoster was inserted as the background for their Tellagami.  (Bam!! There it is…the three apps, my friends!) Please see the below example:

The lead teacher for this project is phenomenal and always has specific directives and rubrics for the students to follow. Below is a snapshot of the directions and rubric she used. She also gave me permission to share the doc - should you wish to use it.

When I was at TCEA in February, a presenter had used a Symbaloo as a way to showcase the student’s final product. I had already uploaded the Tellegamis to a YouTube playlist but never considered using a Symboloo as showcasing the final products. How is cool is that? What is even neater??? There are no suggested videos....anywhere.


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  1. Love this idea! Thanks for sharing it!
    I was just thinking it would be a great method for doing book reviews, too.... Use a photo of the book cover as a Tellagami background, then put the class reviews on a symballoo as a recommended reading list.

    Hmmmm.... I have a few of those little mini easels (plate stands?). Maybe I'll have the kids set the book on one of those to take their photo, making sure to leave space to one side for the eventual Tellagami avatar. It would look like person showcasing a super-huge book.

    Thanks for getting me thinking!

  2. Hi! I am a college student studying Childhood/Special Education at SUNY Geneseo. I am currently taking a class in which I am learning about literacy and comprehension strategies and I believe that this lesson would be great for promoting and enhancing comprehension in elementary classrooms! I think it is brilliant how you have managed to help your students not only learn about Neptune as a planet in itself, but to take the properties and arrange them so that students see them as one cohesive idea. I would love to learn more and possibly use this strategy when I become a teacher in the near future. Thank you so much for sharing!